RAPA Holds Auburn Grand Opening
March 6, 2014
Rausch & Pausch LP (RAPA) held a grand opening ceremony today in Auburn Technology Park West. RAPA will produce high-precision automobile parts including an engine stop/start system designed to reduce fuel consumption by reducing vehicle idling time. Stop/start technology is increasingly being employed throughout the automotive industry.
Guests at the event were able to see a highly-automated assembly line in action at RAPA’s 70,000 square foot facility in Auburn Technology Park West. Company officials anticipate that RAPA will provide 105 jobs and $18 million in capital investment in Auburn as it continues to ramp up production over the next few years.
“RAPA has brought more jobs to Auburn,” said Auburn Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. “We’re proud to continue to be able to strengthen our local job and manufacturing base, and proud to be the North American home base for RAPA as they manufacture products in demand throughout the world.”
In 2012, Governor Robert Bentley called RAPA’s location a success for Alabama’s strategic business development plan, Accelerate Alabama, which targets various industries for growth.
"It is another exciting day in Alabama as Rausch & Pausch opens their first U.S. automotive supplier production facility in Auburn," Governor Robert Bentley said. "Automotive manufacturing is one of the key components for growth in Accelerate Alabama, and today's grand opening is proof that the industry is continuing to grow statewide. The jobs will provide a good opportunity for families in Lee County, and I appreciate Rausch & Pausch’s commitment to the people in Auburn."
Alabama Speaker of the House, and Representative for Auburn’s House District 79, Mike Hubbard, said the announcement was evidence of Alabama’s pro-business environment.
”Auburn is a special place with a skilled and committed workforce, strong business climate, and a world-renowned university located in the heart of our community,” said Hubbard. “We are also fortunate to have strong leadership on all levels of government and a local economic environment that allows businesses to thrive and provide opportunities for Lee County citizens. Today’s announcement is proof positive that Auburn continues to be an attractive place to live, work, and a raise a family.”
Rausch & Pausch LP is a subsidiary of Rausch & Pausch GmbH, located in North Bavaria, Germany. Founded in the 1920s, the family-owned company is in its fourth generation of leadership by the Pausch family. The local plant will be run by Kelly Nelson, President of RAPA L.P. USA.
Horst Pausch Sr., Chairman of the Board for RAPA, thanked the City of Auburn and State of Alabama for their partnership in making Auburn RAPA’s American home. “We’re excited about our future as an Auburn company, and to building our research and development capacity to constantly provide better service and products to our customers in North America and around the world.”